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Charlie Vartanian

Charlie Vartanian

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Charlie Vartanian is a Sr. Technical Advisor in Storage Reliability and Integration, within PNNL’s Electrochemical Materials and Systems Group. His focus is the advancement of reliability and integration of grid connected energy storage systems. Charlie has over 25 years of power industry experience deploying advanced grid technologies, performing electric system studies, and contributing to technical standards development. He has worked previously for Mitsubishi Electric, UET, DNV KEMA, A123 Systems, Enron, the California Energy Commission, and Southern California Edison. During his 15 years at Southern California Edison, Charlie’s activities spanned traditional T&D planning through R&D. He is a currently Secretary of the IEEE 1547.9 Guide for DER Energy Storage Interconnection working group, and Co-Chair of the IEEE Energy Storage Task Force. Charlie received his BSEE from Cal Poly Pomona, and his MSEE from USC. Charlie is a licensed professional Electrical Engineer.

Research Interests

  • Energy Storage Applications
  • Energy Storage Economics
  • Distributed Energy Resource Grid Impacts and Integration
  • Technical Standards for Advanced Grid Technologies

Education and Credentials

  • BSEE, Cal Poly Pomona
  • PE EE, California

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • IEEE Sr. Member

PNNL Publications


  • Hanif S., M.E. Alam, V. Fotedar, A.J. Crawford, C.K. Vartanian, and V.V. Vishwanathan. 2022. "Managing the Techno-economic Impacts of Partial String Failure in Multistring Energy Storage Systems." Applied Energy 307. PNNL-SA-162124. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.118196
  • Tbaileh A., M.A. Elizondo, J. Alam, C.K. Vartanian, A. Mohammednur, H. Zargaryan, and M. Avendano. 2022. "Enhanced Inertial Support: Modeling Fast Frequency Response Controls for Energy Storage System Inverters." In IEEE Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies Conference (EESAT 2022), November 8-9, 2022, Austin, TX, 1-5. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-178935. doi:10.1109/EESAT55007.2022.9998022
  • Wu D., S. Huang, K. Oikonomou, R. Hu, B. Huang, C.K. Vartanian, and X. Ma, et al. 2022. Avista's Shared Energy Economy Model Pilot - A Techno-economic Assessment. PNNL-33107. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Avista's Shared Energy Economy Model Pilot - A Techno-economic Assessment


  • Choi D., N. Shamim, A.J. Crawford, Q. Huang, C.K. Vartanian, V.V. Viswanathan, and M.D. Paiss, et al. 2021. "LI-ION BATTERY TECHNOLOGY FOR GRID APPLICATION." Journal of Power Sources 511. PNNL-SA-161888. doi:10.1016/j.jpowsour.2021.230419
  • Fotedar V., S. Hanif, M.E. Alam, V.V. Viswanathan, C.K. Vartanian, and A.J. Crawford. 2021. "Techno-Economic Impact of Partial String Failure in Multi-string Energy Storage Systems." In IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies - Asia (ISGT Asia 2021), December 5-8, 2021, Brisbane, Australia, 1-5. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-164119. doi:10.1109/ISGTAsia49270.2021.9715675
  • Vartanian C.K., C. Koplin, T. Kudrna, W. Clark, D.R. Borneo, J.T. Kolln, and D. Huang, et al. 2021. "Applying Utility's Advanced Grid Technologies to Improve Resiliency of a Critical Load." In Proceedings of Resilience Week (RWS 2021), October 18-21, 2021, Salt Lake City, UT. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-166945. doi:10.1109/RWS52686.2021.9611785
  • Vartanian C.K., M.D. Paiss, V.V. Viswanathan, J.T. Kolln, and D.M. Reed. 2021. "Review of Codes and Standards for Energy Storage Systems." Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports 8, no. 3:138 - 148. PNNL-SA-157921. doi:10.1007/s40518-021-00182-8



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